Boys Reserve Basketball can’t top Norris in double-digit defeat

The Boys Reserve Basketball team lost against Norris in a match at home on Monday, December 17. The final score was 27-55.

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Jacob Martin ’22 brings the ball up the court in order to set up an offensive play. Martin had 2 points on Monday. Photo by T. Shellhase 

Leading scorers were Zane Grizzle ’22 (11), Aden Watson ’21 (6), and Ethan Smith ’22 (5). Despite the final point count, the score remained close until after halftime.

“We played a good first half,” Boys Reserve Coach Gale Bly said. “The second half I could tell they (Norris) just wore us out.”

With a 28-point deficit in the books, the team looks to correct some aspects of their play in practice and by receiving more in-game experience. Grizzle hopes to see a few corrections before the team’s next contest.

“We really could have boxed out a lot better, and everyone seemed to be hugging their man and not being in gap or help defense,” Grizzle said. “I hope to see that we will start to make most of our jumpshots in the next reserve game.”

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Ethan Smith ’22 starts to drive past a Norris defender. Smith accounted for 5 of Fairbury’s 27 points. Photo by T. Shellhase

Fairbury also noticed a few positive features from Monday. Some members want to carry these over to the next game while improving other areas throughout the season.

“I do not think that our team did that bad, we definitely did not give up at all throughout the entire game,” Grizzle said. “I definitely was impressed by the way we came out to play. We all knew that Norris was going to be a very talented team, and I don’t think one person was intimidated.”

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Austin Novotny ’21 passes the ball off to a teammate on the wing. Novotny’s points (3) came from a single three-point shot in the game. Photo by T. Shellhase

The reserve team will be back in action on January 7 when they face Superior in another home game.